November 18, 2013 at 10:33 am EST | by Chris Johnson
Cheneys engage in family feud over marriage
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Liz Cheney (Photo by Milonica; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

The Cheney family is engaging in public spat over comments U.S. Senate candidate Liz Cheney made in opposition to gay nuptials despite her lesbian sister Mary Cheney’s same-sex marriage.

Liz Cheney, who’s challenging incumbent Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) for the Republican nomination in next year’s primary in Wyoming, distanced herself from her sister during an appearance on Fox News Sunday, saying “I believe in the traditional definition of marriage.”

“I love Mary very much, I love her family very much,” Liz Cheney said. “This is just an issue on which we disagree.”

Liz Cheney’s opposition to same-sex marriage stands out in her family.

Her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, is a prominent Republican supporter for same-sex marriage. Liz Cheney’s sister, Mary Cheney, married her partner, Heather Poe, in D.C. last year.

Poe was the first respond to Liz Cheney’s comments on Facebook, saying she was “very disappointed” to hear her sister-in-law’s remarks.

“To have her now say she doesn’t support our right to marry is offensive to say the least,” Poe continued. “I can’t help but wonder how Liz would feel if as she moved from state to state, she discovered that her family was protected in one but not the other. I always thought freedom meant freedom for EVERYONE.”

Poe’s remarks recalls Dick Cheney comments in support of same-sex marriage when he said during a National Press Club event, “I think freedom means freedom for everyone.”

Mary Cheney followed-up by sharing her spouse’s comments on Facebook and expressing her own displeasure with her sister’s remarks.

“Couldn’t have said it better myself,” Mary Cheney said. “Liz – this isn’t just an issue on which we disagree – you’re just wrong – and on the wrong side of history.”

Chris Johnson is Chief Political & White House Reporter for the Washington Blade. Johnson is a member of the White House Correspondents' Association. Follow Chris

1 Comment
  • Well, nice to see Heather Poe and Mary Cheney finally found a voice and are defending their rights for a change instead of being the doormats they were for the GOP during the Bush Administration and expecting other GLBT activist to do it for them. Mary Cheney put her father’s career over her own rights pretty much being silent when she should have spoken up like she is doing now against right-wing attacks. I’m glad she is challenging her sister and not simply being a log in the woodpile afraid to speak up because it might hurt her sisters selfish aspirations.

    How Liz Cheney can throw the rights of her sister under the bus to appease the extreme right base of her party is disgusting. Love doesn’t mean compromising someone’s rights just to get elected. Have some guts and defend your sister’s marriage and right to it across the country!

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